Day in history for January 7, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
Thomas Plummer has purchased the line of hacks which ply between Rock Island and Moline.

1880 -- 125 years ago
P.L. Mitchell, Rock Island banker, today bought the Rock Island Glass Works for $29,000. Sale of the factory was made by James M. Buford as trustee.

1905 -- 100 years ago
Finishing touches are being put to the new annex to the Modern Woodmen of America national headquarters. The society now has $300,000 invested in buildings in Rock Island.

1930 -- 75 years ago
Two young bandits critically wounded William S. Batten of Davenport, a street car motorman. The Tri-City Railway Company is offering a reward of $250 for arrest of the holdup men.

1955 -- 50 years ago
As a memorial to William Neff, son of Dr. E.B. Neff of Moline and the late Mrs. Neff, a unique recreation shelter has been constructed and is now in use at Boy Scout Camp Mansur, near Carbon Cliff. The Moliner was killed in an air crash in India during World War II. The William Neff Memorial features a 4-way fireplace in the center of the building.

1980 -- 25 years ago
Officials at St. Anne School in East Moline have sent scores of students and teachers home in recent weeks to curb what county health officials say may be the worst of several outbreaks of head lice at area schools.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: We are told league merchants have paid no attention to the prohibition on selling ammunition, but continue to sell just as before the order was issued.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The Rev. R.F. Sweet, rector of Trinity Episcopal Parish, left for the East to visit his boyhood home in Boston before attending the general convention of the Episcopal Church in New York.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Dr. E.A. Anderson was named to succeed Dr. E.L. Kerns as head physician of the Modern Woodmen of America, and moved to Rock Island from Holdingford, Minn.
1939 -- 75 years ago: One week late, because of the outbreak of war, Dr. E.L. Beyer resumed his work as professor of romance languages at Augustana College. Dr. and Mrs. Beyer left Germany on the last train to the Belgian border.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Employees in Turnstyle stores in Moline and Davenport will vote Oct. 2 in an election set up by the Chicago regional office of the National Labor Relations Board. Employees will vote either for the Retail Clerk International or for no union.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Rock Island High School is considering a step to help teen moms stay in school and get their diploma. The school board is expected to vote tonight on instituting an on-site child care center.


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